25 years of the Alhambra as a UNESCO Site of World Heritage, in the spotlight in the Palace of Charles V
The Alhambra and the 25 anniversary of its declaration as a UNESCO Site of World Heritage constitutes the essential part of the course that today commenced in the Palace of Charles V. The Patronato de la Alhambra y el Generalife and the Centro Mediterráneo of the University of Granada organize the meeting with the participation of 40 experts.
María del Mar Villafranca, Director of the Patronato de la Alhambra y el Generalife, stated in her speech that the Monument of Granada is having an excellent evolution due to the sustainable tourism management carried out since years which is constantly improving: “The Alhambra has become a reference to the city and with this anniversary it wants to make its way at the international level”.
In the opening speech, Luis Lafuente, Ex-Deputy Director for Protection of Heritage of the Ministry of Culture, has underlined the excellent job by the public management in the field of Cultural Heritage, leading Spain to the second place of countries with the highest number of sites declared UNESCO World Heritage, with 41 sites declared, while Italy holds the first place with 45 sites. According to Lafuente, being part of this exclusive list is a guarantee for protection and preservation.
Tomorrow, the management of World Heritage will be analyzed. The outstanding speaker will be the following: Fernando Reborado, Mayor of Sintra; Sonsoles Guillén Ruiz-Ayúcar, Secretary General of the Assosiation Grupo Ciudades Patrimonio de la Humanidad de España; Juan José Sánchez Hernández, General Director of Fundación Atapuerca; Victoria Chamorro, Secretary General of the Alhambra; Pedro Mateos, Director of the Instituto de Arqueología de Mérida of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC); and Isabel Muñoz Sánchez, President of the Asociación de Ciudadanos por la Defensa del Patrimonio de Salamanca.